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Old 09-28-2015, 07:31 PM   #1
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FS: Black 325xi Auto with Meticulous Maintenance Records in MA

Central MA

Black 2002 BMW 325XI Auto sedan winter package w/heated seats. 127,000 miles, mostly highway.

Car is proactively maintained, by BMW specialist shop. Work is done by BMW specialists.

I will provide buyer with Excel spreadsheet with up to date maintenance records and intervals. The car has been very reliable and a pleasure to own, in part due to the meticulous mechanical maintenance, replacing parts and changing fluids before they get a chance to fail.

The car just went though the latest round of proactively replaced parts. Here are the latest maintenance items done:

Valve Cover Gasket Sept 2015
DISA replaced Sept 2015
MAF replaced Sept 2015
Cooling system proactively replaced (Expansion tank, hoses, water pump, belts...etc). This is the second replacement.
Coolant Flush May 2015 (done every year)
Brake flush May 2015 (done every year)
BRAND NEW Pirelli tires. They're great tires


March 2015- replaced ahead of schedule. This is the second total fluid change
Front and rear differential fluid
Transfer case fluid (Redline Oil)
Automatic transmission fluid and filter.
Engine Oil (0w40 Mobile 1) (every 7500)
O2 sensors
Fuel Pump
Spark plugs- I replaced the spark plugs early, still have set of oem NGKs used for 30k miles and plenty of life left
Throttle body cleaned, replaced gasket
ICV valve
CCV and all hoses replaced

April 2014
VANOS gaskets and seals proactively replaced by Beisan high quality ones
Window regulators

Cosmetically reasonably decent but not mint. There is a small paint bubble at the rear wheel well- that is all. There is no visible rust. The under-body has been very well taken care of. Its always washed and oil-rustproofed. How many New England cars can look this good underneath?

Gray Interior is kept well with leather cleaner. Some signs of wear but overall has been well maintained.



Price: Send me a fair preliminary offer if your're interested. I do expect more for my car than for a E46 with dirty transmission, improper engine oil, previously overheated engine, or a nice looking car at a dealer that needs $3000 worth of deferred maintenance. You'll get my maintenance spreadsheet so you'll know maintenance intervals for every little thing. You're on this forum so you know which is a better value

Will take more pictures soon if there's interest. Email or PM.

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Old 09-29-2015, 07:30 AM   #2
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No asking price?

No pictures of claimed perfect undercarriage?

Those two items will help you sell this faster. Good luck!
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:41 AM   #3
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No asking price?

No pictures of claimed perfect undercarriage?

Those two items will help you sell this faster. Good luck!
Thanks for the suggestion. Ill get pictures under the ramp and interior this weekend.

Im looking for a fair preliminary Best Offer. I dont want to spend time advertising if noone is looking to buy an E46
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Old 09-29-2015, 02:19 PM   #4
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But you've already spent time advertising by creating this post... Might as well make it a good ad by providing a price
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:50 AM   #5
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But you've already spent time advertising by creating this post... Might as well make it a good ad by providing a price
Best offer.

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Old 10-01-2015, 03:30 PM   #6
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Old 10-04-2015, 01:22 AM   #7
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A $1000 BMW is the same price as a $12,000 BMW. It's true.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:05 AM   #8
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Don't take this the wrong way, and your car appears from these pictures and information to be in good shape, but you're smoking something strong if you think you're going to get $12,000 for your car. And you have cancerous rust starting on the rear quarter that basically never ends and expands exponentially once it starts. You said best offer, so I gave you my best. Sure it is a joke, but let me know if all other offers come in under mine and I will gladly part with a G for your car A car of this age and mileage SHOULD have all of the things you list done, at least once, if not multiple times some of them, so what you've done here is not out of the ordinary for anyone that wants to keep a 13 year old E46 on the road in good driving condition. Sure many others out there ignore this type of maintenance, but by this point, their cars would not be driving around at all if these items were ignored. It's a sad fact that no one ever gets back the maintenance money they put into these cars, or even more so the modding money. That's why you should just keep it forever, it would mean more to you that way.

Underbody oil-proofing is what stands out to me as an outstanding and not too common item. However the underbody of the E46 doesn't decay as badly as the body work, and it must make underbody maintenance pretty nasty, but that's the price you pay for protection!

Why exactly are you selling it again?
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Old 10-08-2015, 10:41 AM   #9
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Don't take this the wrong way, and your car appears from these pictures and information to be in good shape, but you're smoking something strong if you think you're going to get $12,000 for your car. And you have cancerous rust starting on the rear quarter that basically never ends and expands exponentially once it starts. You said best offer, so I gave you my best. Sure it is a joke, but let me know if all other offers come in under mine and I will gladly part with a G for your car A car of this age and mileage SHOULD have all of the things you list done, at least once, if not multiple times some of them, so what you've done here is not out of the ordinary for anyone that wants to keep a 13 year old E46 on the road in good driving condition. Sure many others out there ignore this type of maintenance, but by this point, their cars would not be driving around at all if these items were ignored. It's a sad fact that no one ever gets back the maintenance money they put into these cars, or even more so the modding money. That's why you should just keep it forever, it would mean more to you that way.

Underbody oil-proofing is what stands out to me as an outstanding and not too common item. However the underbody of the E46 doesn't decay as badly as the body work, and it must make underbody maintenance pretty nasty, but that's the price you pay for protection!

Why exactly are you selling it again?

I never asked for $12,000 for my car? I asked for a fair and reasonable offer. I havnt gotten any PMs from you.
I did imply that a $1,000 BMW can easily need $11,000 worth of work for the buyer. The saying goes "nothing is more expensive than a cheap European car". I can see how you mightve miscomprehended though.

* Im pointing out that a small spot of rust near the rear wheel has been spotted early and treated. The frame underneath has been checked and is clean. The spot havnt grown at all in 2 years.

*Body panels can be easily replaced but frame and under-body cannot. That's why I pride myself on taking care of the important parts, and the results show.

* I doubt many cars on the market has had consistent synthetic LL-01 changes every 7500, OEM coolant changes and brake fluid changes every 2 years, as well as scheduled transmission, filter, differential, and steering fluid changes. Many people change their cooling system after it has failed, not before, with unknown engine and head damage. This car is proactively maintained

* There are plenty of cheap E46's on Craigslist and you are free to buy those. Also no shortage of "Runs and Drives" "Engine light on" "needs work" and "mechanic specials." Cars can still drive and pass inspection with poor compression, leaking seals, bad sensors, vacuum leaks, poor alignment, warped parts, worn transmission. Many of these problems don't even set off the engine light. Many first time buyers find that the price of prior owner's Deferred Maintenance is higher than purchase price.

I am selling my car because I'm buying another car. Im moving on to completely different class of car, plus my new job is demanding enough that I sometimes don't have time to even sleep well. I'm not a dealer or reseller. I just want this car to go to someone who'll appreciate it, and for a reasonable, fair price.

Your E46 also looks very nice, trizzuth. Cool wheels.

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I never asked for $12,000 for my car? I asked for a fair and reasonable offer. I havnt gotten any PMs from you.
I did imply that a $1,000 BMW can easily need $11,000 worth of work for the buyer. The saying goes "nothing is more expensive than a cheap European car". I can see how you mightve miscomprehended though.

* Im pointing out that a small spot of rust near the rear wheel has been spotted early and treated. The frame underneath has been checked and is clean. The spot havnt grown at all in 2 years.

*Body panels can be easily replaced but frame and under-body cannot. That's why I pride myself on taking care of the important parts, and the results show.

* I doubt many cars on the market has had consistent synthetic LL-01 changes every 7500, OEM coolant changes and brake fluid changes every 2 years, as well as scheduled transmission, filter, differential, and steering fluid changes. Many people change their cooling system after it has failed, not before, with unknown engine and head damage. This car is proactively maintained

* There are plenty of cheap E46's on Craigslist and you are free to buy those. Also no shortage of "Runs and Drives" "Engine light on" "needs work" and "mechanic specials." Cars can still drive and pass inspection with poor compression, leaking seals, bad sensors, vacuum leaks, poor alignment, warped parts, worn transmission. Many of these problems don't even set off the engine light. Many first time buyers find that the price of prior owner's Deferred Maintenance is higher than purchase price.

I am selling my car because I'm buying another car. Im moving on to completely different class of car, plus my new job is demanding enough that I sometimes don't have time to even sleep well. I'm not a dealer or reseller. I just want this car to go to someone who'll appreciate it, and for a reasonable, fair price.

Your E46 also looks very nice, trizzuth. Cool wheels.
Well put, I hope you get solid money for it, if you are in no rush to move on, then take your time and get what you feel is acceptable to you. You really need the time for an E46 and if work is too busy, the car will find a way to **** on you easily and often! So I can see the need to move on to more reliability, or other options. What are you looking to get now?
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:32 AM   #11
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Got to agree withTrizzuth. If you want to sell offer it at the price you want. If you want a seller driven price you'll do better on E Bay. On this site people look for an asking price to get the negotiation going.

But good luck with the sale nonetheless.
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